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  • Bass of the Week: AJR Guitarmods Piccolo Bass

    Bass of the Week: AJR Guitarmods Piccolo Bass

    Last year we featured a gorgeous singlecut bass from AJR Guitarmods that wowed readers. Now, builder Andy Rogers has finished a new instrument in a different direction: a semi-hollow piccolo bass. The elegant model was built for his band’s bassist, Pete. “Pete wanted a bass that he could practice with, and sort new riffs out,... »

  • Zander Zon: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Zander Zon: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Zander Zon has tackled something new in his latest video – his first ever video game theme. In this video, Zander plays his solo bass arrangement for the theme for the game “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”. »

  • Charles Berthoud: Reflections

    Charles Berthoud: Reflections

    Charles Berthoud is getting a lot of attention on his new video. After watching it, we can see why. Here’s “Reflections” – a composition Charles wrote for solo piccolo bass. »

  • Jesús Rico Pérez: Peace Prayer

    Jesús Rico Pérez: Peace Prayer

    Jesús Rico Pérez is one of our favorite solo bassists around here. So it is always thrilling to see a new video from him. In this video, Jesus performs his composition, “Peace Prayer,” for piccolo fretless bass. Enjoy. »

  • Charles Berthoud: Resurrection

    Charles Berthoud: Resurrection

    Charles Berthoud builds a beautiful soundscape in this solo piccolo bass piece entitled “Resurrection.” The bassist makes the most of two-handed tapping and harmonics to create a shiny, ethereal song. “Resurrection” is the second track from his new album Charles Berthoud: The New Age of Solo Bass, which also includes three completely solo tunes, five... »

  • Bass of the Week: Modified Rickenbacker 4001 Piccolo Sitar Bass

    Bass of the Week: Modified Rickenbacker 4001 Piccolo Sitar Bass

    And now for something completely different. We recently featured a video by Indian music enthusiast and seven-string bassist Jason Everett. While a seven-string may be outlandish to some, he sent me some info on a special bass he modded to fill another role for his style. After being inspired by John McLaughlin’s guitar work with... »

  • Zander Zon: Steven Spielberg Movie Medley for Solo Bass

    Zander Zon: Steven Spielberg Movie Medley for Solo Bass

    Zander Zon’s appreciation for composer John Williams is on full display with his latest video. Zander took several of the Williams-penned soundtracks on Steven Spielberg films and arranged them for solo bass. I’m sure you’ll recognize each one, but here’s the list of the soundtracks performed in this video: Jurassic Park E.T. Hook Indiana Jones... »

  • Zander Zon: Skrillex “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” Solo Bass Performance

    Zander Zon: Skrillex “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” Solo Bass Performance

    Good news! Zander Zon looks to be well recovered from his recent injury and back to playing his incredible bass arrangements. This time around, Zander is performing an all-bass cover of “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” by the dubstep group, Skrillex. “The melody lines were what interested me about the piece,” Zander shares. “I thought... »

  • Replacing Lead Guitar with Piccolo Bass?

    Replacing Lead Guitar with Piccolo Bass?

    Q: I am a high school musician in a relativly serious band with my friends, and we are about to make the transition into college. Unfortunately, our fantastic lead guitarist is going away for college, so rather than find a new lead guitarist, our frontman asked me if I would be willing to play lead... »

  • Zander Zon: Braveheart Theme for Solo Bass

    Zander Zon: Braveheart Theme for Solo Bass

    For Zander Zon’s 50th solo bass video, he went back to one of his favorite movies for inspiration. Zander found the soundtrack for Braveheart to be “amazingly beautiful music”, and arranged the main theme for solo bass. For this arrangement, his bass is tuned B, Eb, Db, Gb. »